OSCEOLA COUNTY, Fla. - Charges have been dropped in a case against two Army recruiters accused of having a sexual relationship with a teenager they met at Harmony High School in Osceola County.
John Back, 33, and Christopher Doner, 31, were arrested after they admitted they had sex with the 17-year-old, who is now 18.
The state attorney said the victim does not want to press charges.
Army officials said the men are still under investigation by the military because they violated its Code of Conduct.
Investigators said the men, who are married with families, met and took advantage of the student while working as recruiters.
They said Doner admitted to having sex with the teenager at least 10 times.
The Army is motivated to police its Code of Conduct by a recent nationwide scandal of sex abuse by recruiters.
Numbers from the Pentagon show from 2008 to 2013, the Army reported an average of 65 cases a year.
Attorney Bob Wheelock specializes in military law.
He’s worked on similar cases as a prosecutor and as a defense lawyer.
“The age is immaterial. This is a protected relationship. Recruiters are under orders on how to behave,” said Wheelock.
Wheelock predicts a trip to the military court is next for Doner and Back.
“Their careers are, for all intents and purposes, over,” he said.
The violations could mean time in military jail.
School district officials said the incident won’t affect the practice of recruiters coming to campus.